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What Companies Want in an Employee

With Today’s Job Market, the Sky’s the Limit

By W. S. Wang

When over 375 companies converge on the MIT Career Fair this week, the question on many students minds will be: “what do these companies want in an employee?”

Collegehire.com

This company boasts itself to be the “premiere online recruiting service for high-tech college students” with clients ranging from Amazon to NetworkOil.

Founder and CEO Jeff Daniels characterizes it as a “technical talent agency with a human capital perspective.” He has the inside scoop on what companies are looking for, at least companies looking for computer scientists. He believes huge corporations look for employees who can “meld into the company dynamic” and have very specific skills. Start-ups, on the other hand, look for individuals with self-direction and technical brilliance to drive the company. These small companies, Mr. Daniel said, are also more “sensitive to first hires” since all jobs are critical for the start-up to take off.

The greatest difference he sees in the high-tech job market nowadays as compared to the market ten years ago is that job candidates have all the control rather than the companies. He believes that a course Computer Science graduate from MIT should have a mind-boggling array of positions to choose from.

Perhaps the only limiting factor to a candidate is geographical preference. However, Mr. Daniel did have one warning: do not embellish the resumÉs. He believes that in this day and age, simply stating the facts should already spell success.

Trilogy/Ford Joint Venture

This yet-to-be-named start-up is the largest EJB development project in history and seeks undergraduates in courses six, eight, and eighteen. Although they could not attain the domain name drive.com for up to 1.5 million dollars, company recruiter Robyn Amick promoted the company’s new campaign of nameyourdreamjob.com.

Ms. Amick stressed that the start-up was looking for extremely self-motivated individuals who want to be part of the driving force in a new venture. She said that the company is seeking top skilled developers, especially in Java. Ms. Amick expressed the company’s interest in seeing internship experience on resumÉs with actual programming rather than testing. They also look for previous experience in establishing start-ups with friends or working in small companies or groups.

As one last pitch perhaps specific to the MIT community, Ms. Amick stressed the completely casual dress code of this promising start-up with powerful backers.